Bike Week 2013 takes place from June 16th to 24th. Stay tuned to this page for more information approaching the date.
The following is a list of events that have been put together by Green-Schools Travel for the promotion of the bicycle as part of the National Bike Week.
COW (Cycle on Wednesday)
Students, teachers and parents will be actively encouraged to hold cycle to school days. Green-Schools Travel regularly promotes COW to encouraged schools to have cycle to school days throughout the year. Those that cycle to school one day a week will hopefully gain confidence to cycle on other days. This will hopefully lead to a cycling culture being instilled within the school community.
A free healthy breakfast can be used to encourage students to cycle to school. On arrival at school students who cycle will receive a free healthy breakfast. This can consist of fruit, breakfast orange, milk, smoothie and yogurt. Some produce suppliers/supermarkets may be willing to sponsor this event.
Schools will be encouraged to undertake bike maintenance workshops as part of Bike Week. These workshops can focus on maintaining and looking after your bicycle to fixing punctures and replacing brakes. Bike maintenance sessions can be undertaken by Green-Schools Travel Officers or if you have a willing bike mechanic in your community.
Bling UR Bike
Schools can undertake workshops on how to make streamers and bike flags for their bicycles. Schools can also hold a ‘Bling UR Bike’ competition; prizes can be given to the blingest bike.
Schools can undertake cycling games as part of bike week, with the emphasis on fun. Schools can undertake a slow bike race were by the last participant to cross the line wins. Cycling relays can also be undertaken. An assault course can be set up were by students can put into practice skills they have learnt during cycle training.
Schools can undertake cycle audits on identified routes to school. These audits provide students with a chance to have a voice when it comes to planning safe cycle routes. Students will look at route planning, junctions and discussing what they like and dislike about their route to school. Audits prove invaluable for those trying to overcome barriers or concerns about cycling to school.
Beauty and the Bike
Female students undertake workshops entitled feeling good and looking good. Feeling good workshops seek to discover what barriers females face when taking up cycling. What worries do they have about cycling and how to overcome these? The looking good workshop looks at protecting the skin whilst out cycling e.g. moisturise and use sun protection.
Where a safe cycle route is identified, schools can be encouraged to undertake a community cycle. This could be place of local interest within their community. Local groups of interest can be contacted to participate.
Bling UR Hi-Vis
Students can bling their high visibility vest for the day. Whether it’s stitching on their favourite football team badge or sticking on sequences. They can then cycle with pride during bike week.
Schools can undertake poster competitions to promote cycling within their local community. These can then be displayed in local shops and stores.
Workshops and Presentations
Schools will also be offered workshops and presentations on cycling on the lead up and during bike week.